Shades of Love – III


The kid was a terror. And a bundle of joy. She just did not know what to do with him. So full of energy, like most kids. And so much more naughtier, unlike most kids. The naughtiness was definitely a genetic gift by his father, she thought.  No wonder.

Her days passed by so quickly, she hardly had time to sit and take a few breaths in peace. Cook. Look after the kiddo. Ensure he doesn’t get hurt yet again. Teach him stuff. Take care of the house. Help hubby with the office work. Life was busy.

But today was a special day. Though they had been married for six years now, Valentine’s Day was still a special day for her. Buying expensive gifts and going out for dream vacations was not her thing. She believed in showing her love in creative ways. Slipping a love note in a shirt pocket. Hiding a rose in the office bag. Teaching the kiddo to say “Daddy, mommy lovvvesss you” in his super cute voice. These little gestures of love that made you pause while living your every day life, and made you feel grateful for a wonderful life, and an even more wonderful wife. Yes. That was her thing.

Wondering what she could do today to show her love for him, she set to prepare his breakfast. And while she was still wondering, she realised that she had shaped the cutlets in a heart shape. Oh yes! That’s what she would do. His breakfast on Valentine’s would be a symbol of her love for him. Heart-shaped cutlets. Heart-shaped papaya. Heart-shaped halwa. And strawberry milkshake with heart-shaped strawberries over it. The hubby was going to have a hearty meal, for sure.

Having set the breakfast table, she waited patiently for the hubby to arrive at the table. Two minutes and he would be rushing to dining room. “Jaan, is my breakfast ready? I am getting late…”

He sat on the table, kiddo on his lap, having fun morning time. She could see the joy in his eyes, playing with his notorious, yet ever-so-lovable kid. Just then he saw the breakfast spread on the table and his eyes lit up, smile spreading wide.

“Happy Valentine’s Day hubby dearest” she said. And wondered – was she seeing hearts in the hubby’s eyes too?


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